Dyslexia Support Organisations

A list of websites from organisations working to support people with dyslexia:

Dyslexia Scotland – Scotland-centered information for dyslexic people and their relatives.

Education Scotland Dyslexia Resources – Outcome and reports of the Scottish Government’s review (2014) of education for children and young people who have dyslexia.

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Dyslexia: Part 2

How can I help my dyslexic child or pupil?

Continuing our last post about dyslexia, for both parents and teachers it can be quite a relief to have an explanation for their child or pupils’s difficulties. But what next?

One of the most important things to realise about dyslexia is that it is a very individual problem and thus each dyslexic child’s difficulties should be dealt with at an individual level.

Dyslexia is not a disease and therefore it cannot be cured or treated. However, it is possible to help a dyslexic child learn to cope and eventually overcome their difficulties.

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Dyslexia: Part 1

First, thanks to TES Connect for the resources reproduced here.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia causes difficulties in learning to read, write and spell. Short-term memory, mathematics, concentration, personal organisation and sequencing may also be affected.

Dyslexia usually arises from a weakness in the processing of language-based information. Biological in origin, it tends to run in families, but environmental factors also contribute.

Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual ability. It is not the result of poor motivation, emotional disturbance, sensory impairment or lack of opportunities, but it may occur alongside any of these.

The effects of dyslexia can be largely overcome by skilled specialist teaching and the use of compensatory strategies.

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Great Quotes from Famous People with Dyslexia

I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was. I was called ‘slow’. It’s an awful feeling to think of yourself as ‘slow’ – it’s horrible.
Robert Benton

The biggest problem with dyslexic kids is not the perceptual problem, it is their perception of themselves. That was my biggest problem.
Bruce Jenner

Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me and that has helped others.
Richard Branson

I’m a human being, I’m not a machine. I’m 72. I’m dyslexic.
Robert Blake

Being dyslexic, I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.
Tom Cruise

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life thinking it’s stupid.
Albert Einstein

It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word!
Andrew Jackson

If children can’t learn the way we teach, then we have to teach the way they learn.
Robert Buck

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

For too long, we’ve assumed that there is a single template for human nature, which is why we diagnose most deviations as disorders. But the reality is that there are many different kinds of minds. And that’s a very good thing.
Jonah Lehrer